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soul care: a guarded mouth

“Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.” Proverbs 21:23 We want to say the right things to people, full of power and wisdom and hope and truth. We want to make a difference, use our gifts, be heard and valued, matter. But there is a patience […]

your artistic calling should not be ignored

If you’ve ever thought your artistic ability and natural creative intelligence was peripheral to the path of your life, think again. We craftsmen and craftswomen, we artists and writers and creators and makers, are endowed with talent and intelligence for creating, an involuntary sense for form and function, because it […]

the promise in waiting

What if those things we’re waiting for, maybe have been awaiting for months or years or a week or twenty minutes – what if their delay is doing something true and wonderful in our souls? What if sometimes we need to wait for something? Dawn is waited for. Sunset. Spring […]

do today loved

His mercies are new every morning. His faithfulness is great. These verses (in Lamentations) were written during the Babylonian exile, when the Israelite children had been taken captive by their enemies after a long cycle of disobedience, unbelief, and idolatry. It was all their fault. It wasn’t looking good. They […]

having perfect timing

Sometimes we are trying to force things to happen at the wrong time, and refusing to see all the opportunities that are ripe and waiting and right in front of our faces. Sometimes, other happenings and connections are ready to unfold with peace and ease and favor, and we are […]

facing the mountain

Sometimes it takes a while to face the mountain. But perhaps you’ve been skirting it long enough, and this is the year to turn and face it. Perhaps it’s been a wilderness season, a mountain-skirting span, and courage has (finally) started to build again. Perhaps there’s a yes rising up […]